On October 30, the Yanks turned the tables on the Diamondbacks and won Game Three in the 2001 World Series behind Roger Clemens and Mariano Rivera, 2-1, in Yankee Stadium. Jorge Posada homered for the first run off loser Brian Anderson, and Scott Brosius delivered the game-winner with a sixth-inning single.
After his sparkling 25-12, 1974 season with the A’s, Jim Catfish Hunter won the American League Cy Young Award on October 30, 1974. Catfish, who at 22 threw a Perfect Game against the Twins in 1968, had already charged Charley Finley with breach of contract, and he would be declared a free agent shortly. The Yanks would swoop in and sign him for $3.5 million two months later, on December 31, 1974.
The first-ever manager of the New York Highlanders, Clark Griffith piloted the fledgling team to two second-place finishes in their first eight seasons. But on October 30, 1911, Griffith began a relationship with the Washington Senators as their manager and then owner that would last until he passed away in 1955.
San Francisco hurler John Montefusco won the NL Rookie of the Year Award on October 30, 1975. Known as “the Count,” Montefusco’s career win/loss record would receive a boost from his 10-3 mark with the 1983-1986 Yanks that closed his career and brought his final tally to 93-80.
A host of players have declared for free agency on October 30 over recent reasons, but one worth pointing out, in light of his coming great work in the Yankee pen, and then later as a critical trade chip, is southpaw Andrew Miller, who elected free agency from the Baltimore Orioles on this day in 2014.
The first of two Yankee players who have died on October 30 gave quality service in the Bronx. Lefty hitting, righty throwing first baseman/outfielder Norm Siebern (2015) debuted with the Yankees in 1956, and through 1959 he hit 29 home runs and drove in 129 runs. The interesting thing about switch-hitting second baseman Johnny Lucadello (2001), who finished up his big-league career playing 12 games for the 1947 Yankees (no homers, no rbi’s, one hit), happened before he put on the pinstripes. Johnny hit two home runs with the 1941 Browns in 107 games. Both long balls were hit on the same day in each game of a doubleheader, with one coming from each side of the plate.
The not happily remembered Danny Tartabull (1962) is one of several Yankee ballplayers born on October 30. Tartabull was a big free agent signing, but mediocre defense, multiple injuries, and a plethora of strike outs put a damper on Danny’s 3.5 years in New York, leading to his trade to Oakland for Ruben Sierra and Jason Beverlin in 1995. Tartabull hit 81 homers and knocked in 282 rbi’s in New York from 1992 through 1995. Also born this day: veteran Jim Ray Hart (1941) smacked 13 dingers with 52 rbi’s serving as Yankee DH in 124 games in ’73 and ’74; righty reliever Jonathan Albaladejo (1982) posted a 5-2 record in 49 games in pinstripes from 2008 through 2010; and outfielder Shane Robinson (1984), pressed into action with the 2018 club due to injuries to Aaron Judge and Clint Frazier, had one home run and two rbi’s in 25 games.